May 24, 2020
One of the results of the
shift in consciousness we are going
through is that many of us are now aware of our thoughts.
human brain is hardware for the
It provides us with
the ability to use the mind in all it's variety of forms.
It is a phenomenal
wonder but it has little animation of its own.
When we die, the
brain dies too, in just a short while.
Just as with our
other organs, the brain can not function without the rest of the
The mind is
It electrifies our
existence through our senses and our brain.
happens through the mind.
It shimmers and
twinkles like a spiders web on a dewy morning and provides us
with a network of connectedness that we are able to make sense
of things within.
Without mind, we are
Whether it is individual
or collective is highly debatable but certainly we use our
individual brains in combination with our senses to interpret,
translate and utilize the mind within our environment.
Everything we have built around us is a result of mind in its most
basic form of thought.
We can all think and
many of us can not stop.
We are born with
everything we need to develop the faculty of thought and without
it we would not be able to care for ourselves, which is the
purest and true purpose for thinking.
Thought is self-serving
and can be used in the most dignifying ways, but it can also destroy
lives, even our own...
"For him who has
conquered the mind,
the mind is the
best of friends;
but for one who
has failed to do so,
his mind will
remain the greatest enemy."
The constant narration in
our heads, that we feed by giving it our attention can be considered
If we choose to, we can
develop our faculty of thought into its higher form that we call
awareness, by acute and persistent observation of our own
thought processes in a disassociated manner.
We have all experienced the perspicacity of our own awareness for
When the sound of a
twig snapping close-by breaks the silence of darkness and jolts
us into a perfect state of presence that is both penetrative and
diamond-like... this is us in awareness.
is the key, it is very, very valuable.
Our energy flows towards
and into, whatever our attention is on and this becomes our
contribution to the world.
If we give our
attention to engines, we will become a great engine expert.
If we give our
attention to our kids, we will be a great parent.
If we make our inner
world the object of our attention, self-awareness is the result
and if we pay all our attention to our fake identity or "brand",
we will become a great big ego!
awareness which we experience when we are rapt by someone or
something and we "forget ourselves" for a while.
Because it is
the false ego that we are
actually "forgetting", when we pay attention and move into
awareness, we are really remembering our true self.
Just as a cloth covers a
table, thoughts conceal our awareness.
No matter how beautiful a
table might be, as soon as we cover it, our attention shifts to the
cloth and the table is essentially lost to us and yet without the
table, there would be no cloth.
Similarly when we read, we focus on the words and are largely
unaware of the platform they are written on.
There is actually much
more white space than words on a page, much more "nothing" than
something, but we hardly notice this because our attention is on the
meaning of the words.
As with the table and the
cloth, without the white space, the words couldn't exist and yet
however we alter the words and whatever we say, the white space
It is the same with
thoughts and awareness.
While one of the advantages of developing our awareness is the
quieting of normal thought, it can be difficult without a solid
foundation, and a connection and "handle" on our emotions.
On a higher level the
physical body, emotions and mind are not really separate but for
development, it can be useful to address them in this order.
Some good nutrition and catharsis may be necessary before one is
able to begin observing thoughts without getting wrapped up in them
and if you've tried and been disheartened or frustrated in the past,
this is quite normal and understandable.
This is how the popular
"I tried meditation
and it wasn't for me" was born...
If this is you, kick all
meditation cushions under the table, switch up the loud music and
try dancing around like a mad witch!
Go to your bedroom and
kill the nearest pillow with your bare hands and then go swimming,
get under the water (to avoid being institutionalized) and scream
like an absolute nutcase.
No-one can hear you,
so let it all out...
Alternatively, you may
instinctively know that you need to divert your attention towards
improving your diet or exercising.
All of these things will
help you prepare the way for observing your thoughts and every now
and then, grab a cushion, sit down in front of your altar and try a
new meditation practice and see if it is for you.
If you fancy a quick shot of your own awareness, try throwing
yourself into an icy lake!
Used worldwide by
many cultures and communities as a purifying ritual, it is not
Using the physical body
as the device, the icy water forces our attention onto the body and
shocks the natural thinking processes into silence, revealing our
awareness for a few moments, which revitalizes and refreshes the
mind of anyone crazy enough to jump in.
Plunge pools, the oceans, swimming pools, cold showers are all
everyday replacements we can use to gain the same or similar
It has been almost 30
years since I have not finished a bath or shower with a cold shower.
Along with a good diet and meditation practice, cold water is one of
the most important tools we can use daily to keep us in
Rather than it being something we achieve or gain, an increase
in awareness is really a byproduct of us beginning to use
the mind as a tool rather than allowing it to be our disquiet or
Awareness is present,
where all the real gifts of life are and the more we observe our
thoughts and recognize our awareness, the more we prepare ourselves
for living totally in the magnificence of the present moment.
"Mind is an
Here are ten practical and useful tips we can use to help increase
1. Avoid processed
Choosing to eat
processed foods can lead to all
sorts of mental and physical problems and generally, these
concoctions cost us more energy to digest and assimilate than we
obtain from them in nutrient value.
A diet of processed
food is really like slow suicide...
Attempting to stay present and in awareness or trying to
practice meditation while living on a diet of processed food is
like trying to concentrate with toothache.
It's possible, but
very difficult. It is much easier to eat fresh organic food.
2. Turn off
Our brains work within particular frequencies and can be
affected by other transmissions.
devices affect us and while our eyes are on the potentially
harmful effects of
5G technology right now,
television still remains the worst culprit.
It is not called programming by accident. Watching
TV slows the mind down to about
the same rate as a practised meditator in just a few minutes.
The difference is the
input and the results of course, are opposite.
drink tap water
Unless we are fortunate enough to have our own water source in
the mountains, it is almost impossible to obtain the kind of
structured, nutrient-dense water that directly aids our
Of the remaining
options, tap water comes bottom of the list and it barely
resembles the original, untainted fluid.
If you're unfortunate enough to be in an area where
fluoride is one of the added ingredients
in your tap water, bear in mind a Harvard study which
showed the consumption of fluoride is linked to the lowering of
IQ levels of a population by between 15-20 points.
To move into and
remain in awareness, a clear and capable mind is essential.
We are taught to talk, walk, read, eat and go to sleep but when
it comes to listening our teachers usually shouted
at us or threw the board rubber at us.
We spend a high
percentage of our time listening to others and generally, we are
not very good at it.
Listening is a golden opportunity to consciously put ourselves
aside and be in awareness by focusing intently without "phasing
out" or mentally preparing our input for the conversations sake.
It is much easier to practice awareness of the body than the
emotions or thought.
When we are tired of
over-thinking and need a break, exercising like running,
swimming, dancing, walking or stretching gets us out of the head
and into the body for a while.
Blah blah blah!! Drop the story!
Everyone has a story,
but day to day "idle chatter" about past events, future dreams
or gossip scatters the mind, dissipates its penetrative
qualities and strengthens identification with the false self or
yourself in cold water
Go on - throw yourself in the icy lake!
For a gentler
version, while in the shower, try running hot water down the
spine for 30 seconds, followed by cold for 30 seconds and repeat
this two more times, finishing off with a warm shower.
If you wish to simply clear or refresh the mind, try cold water
on the back of the neck for 30 seconds.
8. Snap the
To train the brain out of involuntary over-thinking, try wearing
an elastic band around the wrist, making sure it is not too
tight and whenever you catch yourself too much in the head, pull
and snap the band.
You can then use the
little sting to allow your attention to move into the body, away
from your thoughts and into the present moment, into awareness.
A gentle but definite
self-tap or slap on the forehead head also does the trick.
The present, where awareness is, is most commonly forgotten to
It is very helpful to
place memory triggers within our daily routine to remind
ourselves that we are lost in thought.
Standing in queues,
going to the bathroom and washing up are good examples of times
when a memory trigger can help us replace thought with
attention, either onto the breath, one of our energy centers or
onto the job in hand.
Meditation is the ultimate tool for increasing awareness but it
has its time and place.
explained to us,
where psychotherapy ends...
Before we can
comfortably observe our own thoughts we must be detached enough
from our ideas of who we think we are.
requires some physical detoxification and nutrition,
catharsis and/or psychotherapy before we can begin.
Meditation is sitting
quietly, everything else is practice.
simple truth as you seek out practices that resonate with
is a de-construction process.
Whatever we seek
is already here.
Any ideas and
beliefs you have of yourself must be suspended and replaced
with an inner curiosity and openness, because it is in this
willing state that realizations occur which dissolve painful
perceptions and reveal fresh ones.
It is this process
that gives us the feeling of spiritual development and should be
Meditation practice is an adventure so do not expect results.
Always be implacably honest with yourself and be wary of
listening to advice from others unless they are a true master,
who are rare.
Most important of all, whenever approaching your inner world, tread
lightly and keep your sense of humor, despondency or seriousness are
of no help internally.